Category Archives: Important Announcements

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Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection is coming up – November 4-5 and 11-12

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm, winter coats to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 4-5 and 11-12.

 

 

Attention Online Donors: ParishPay is now WeShare!

Earlier this year, Liturgical Publications (LPi), acquired ParishPay, our online giving service. As part of the acquisition, all ParishPay™ online giving websites will be transitioned to LPi’s WeShare online giving service, the largest electronic-giving provider serving the Catholic Church both in the US and abroad. LPi is dedicated to serving you and has taken every precaution to ensure a secure transition from ParishPay™ to WeShare.

If you had an account with ParishPay

All ParishPay accounts will be transitioned to WeShare. You do not need to do anything for this transition process. Your information will be transferred electronically following the strictest security protocol. LPi is committed to keeping your identity and information secure, so the first time you log in to WeShare online giving you will need to answer a few questions to verify your identity. Please have the following information available:

  • Your ParishPay Username
  • Last 4 digits of the bank account or credit card used for ParishPay
  • The email registered with ParishPay OR a collection name and a specific amount you donated in the last 6 months

To verify your account, click the Online Giving by WeShare link on our website. Please select the Verify My Account option, and follow the prompts. After you complete this one-time process and successfully verify your identity you will be able to click the Online Giving link on our website and sign in to your WeShare account using only your username and password.  (If you have questions or need help, please call the parish office at 781-235-0045 or call the WeShare Customer Support team at (800) 950-9952 and select Option 1.)

If You Did Not Have a ParishPay Account

Please consider online giving for your support of our parish. Online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It benefits our parish by helping to streamline our administrative process and providing more accurate budgeting.  Online Giving offers many benefits for you and for the parish:

  • You can share your gifts… Any way you want to. When you want to. Where you want to. WeShare accommodates both regular and special collections, making it easier for everyone to participate.
  • Leave your checkbook at home. Set up your recurring gift using a credit card, checking or savings account.
  • Your funds are protected. Your donations are automatically transferred to St. John so it’s safer and more secure.
  • Support our parish consistently, even if you are unable to attend Mass at St. John.
  • Give on-the-go! Access the site from your mobile phone or tablet.
  • Less time required to process collections. No more manual entries so
    office staff will be able to process data efficiently.
  • Predictable contributions. More predictable cash flow helping us plan our ministries better.
  • Automatic record keeping. Online donation summaries for more accurate and efficient records.

To learn more or to set up a new account, please visit our secure WeShare page.

 

 

 

2017 Annual Appeal Collection

Church_WatercolorThe 2017 St. John Annual Financial Report, prepared by our Parish Finance Council, began arriving at the homes of all registered parishioners this week. The mailing also includes your 2017 Annual Appeal Collection pledge card. (If you do not receive the mailing, please call the Parish Office at 781-235-0045 to let us know so we can check our records. Additional copies of the report will be available at the back of the church.)

The parish needs your financial support in order that our ministries within the parish and many outreach efforts beyond our parish can continue to thrive and to grow. Although we are reaching out for your financial support, we ask you to support the good works of the parish in whatever way you can. We have many ministries and ways to be involved. Please stay informed by reading the bulletin and checking our website regularly for Parish news and service opportunities.

Thank you for your continued support of St. John the Evangelist Parish!

Thank You From NPH!

Thank you to the whole St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Community for your amazing support of NPH and the pequeños who visited us last weekend! To date, we have raised over $11,000 and signed up 77 total new sponsorships!

This is the last weekend that the sponsorship tables will be set up, so be sure to sign up to sponsor a child today.

Updates from our Seminarians: Chris Holownia

Our Collaborative is blessed to have two young men pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. Chris Holownia from St. John Parish has entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Syracuse NY, and Matt Norwood from St. Paul Parish is studying at St. John Seminary in Brighton to be a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston. Our seminarians are going to be sending us updates on their progress from time to time. This week we have a letter from Chris Holownia – please click here to read the greeting and message from Chris.

2017 Annual Financial Report and Annual Appeal Collection

Church_WatercolorPlease watch for the St. John Annual Financial Report, prepared by our Parish Finance Council, which will be arriving at the homes of all registered parishioners soon.  You can read the report now by clicking the link above.  Finance Council members will be at all Masses this weekend, September 30 – October 1, to highlight the key points of the report.

The mailing also includes your 2017 Annual Appeal Collection pledge card. Our online giving program, ParishPay, can also be used for contributions to the Annual Appeal. Please visit the Online Giving page on our website for more information.

The parish needs your financial support in order that our ministries within the parish and many outreach efforts beyond our parish can continue to thrive and to grow. Although we are reaching out for your financial support, we ask you to support the good works of the parish in whatever way you can. We have many ministries and ways to be involved. Please stay informed by reading the bulletin and checking our website regularly for Parish news and service opportunities.

Thank you for your continued support of St. John the Evangelist Parish!

Christmas Wish Committee Meeting on Wednesday, October 4 – New Members Welcome!

The Christmas season is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to serve our community and several surrounding communities of Roxbury, Lowell, and Brockton with our St. John Christmas Wish program. We provide children with very needed clothing and a special gift wish at Christmas time. We invite you to join our fun committee and help us organize the family and child sponsorship efforts so we can provide a blessed Christmas for over 400 children. Many hands are needed in this effort. We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00pm in the second floor meeting room of the Parish Center. No prior experience needed, just a helping hand! We are in need of someone with experience and knowledge of Microsoft Mail Merge capabilities. We hope to see many of you at our first committee meeting October 4th! If you have questions or want to join but can’t make the meeting, please contact Liz Corcoran at efcorcoran@aol.com.

Our Guests from Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH)

In two short weeks, the NPH Pequeño Tour will be coming to St. John and St. Paul Parishes! The group will be from the NPH home in Guatemala and we will be splitting their time between the two parishes. For each Mass over the weekend of October 7/8, there will either be a speaker from the NPH University Program, or the whole group will provide music and dancing!

This is a wonderful chance for you and your families to experience the mission of NPH and meet some of the children who have been served through NPH programs. Please look at the following schedule and plan accordingly. This is a holiday weekend and there is no Religious Ed.ucation, but if you are in town, you and your family will not want to miss this, and we hope you will come and help us to provide a very warm welcome to our visitors. The musicians and dancers will be helping us with our liturgy at the following Masses:

St. John: Saturday, Oct 7 at the 5:00pm Vigil Mass and Sunday Oct 8, at the 5:00pm Mass
St. Paul: Sunday, Oct 8 at the 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am Masses
All other Masses will have a University Speaker.

We will also be kicking off an NPH sponsorship campaign next weekend. Our “30 Kids in 30 Days” campaign will strive to find thirty sponsorships at each of our parishes! So make sure you stop by a sponsorship table after Mass, starting next weekend, to see how you can make a real difference in the life of a pequeño! Thank you!

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

www.nphusa.org

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success

 

 

 

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) are coming to the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is welcoming this group of students from the NPH home in Guatemala to be with us at Masses on the weekend of October 7-8, giving testimony, dancing, and helping to lead the music at some of the Masses. The students will be staying in Wellesley from October 3-10 with families from our parishes.

NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which works to transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, NPH is raising more than 3,200 children throughout nine homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. An additional 2,300 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals, and health care. NPH’s outreach services assist more than 100,000 people every year. Truly, this organization is changing lives for the better.

The organization was started in 1954 by a Catholic priest, Fr. William Wasson, in Cuernavaca Mexico. Fr. Wasson was called to the police station in Cuernavaca, where the police had arrested a young boy who had stolen from Fr. Wasson’s church collection plate. When Fr. Wasson met the young boy, he asked him why he stole, to which the boy replied that he was trying to get money to feed himself. Fr. Wasson decided not to press charges, but told the police he would take the boy back to the parish, where he would give him a home and everything he needed so that he wouldn’t have to steal anymore. By the end of the month, the police had given Fr. Wasson seven more children to take care of in the same way – children they had arrested or taken off the street where they had nothing.

Fr. Wasson gave these children a home, and more importantly, gave them hope for a better life. Bythe end of the year, Fr. Wasson had to buy property to take care of all the children he was given by the authorities. And NPH was officially born!

NPH’s mission is quite simple:

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™, inspired by Christian values, strives to create a loving and safe family environment for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions. Through comprehensive education, healthcare and spiritual formation we give the children the opportunity to develop their potential, shaping better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

www.nphusa.org

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success

 

 

 

We Need Your Help to Welcome NPH – Our Little Brothers and Sisters

As you know, the NPH Pequeno Tour is coming to Wellesley in a few short weeks! The students will be with us at all Masses on the weekend of October 7 – 8, giving testimony, dancing, and helping to lead the music at some of the Masses.  We are anxiously awaiting this visit as a time that will surely bring our parish community closer and enrich our parish culture in a truly special way.

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) supports over 3,000 orphans and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean, and we are hoping to encourage some of our families to sponsor a child who is living in an NPH home.

As we begin planning for this tour, we need your help! For three weekends, we will have sponsorship tables set up at both St. John and St. Paul, promoting NPH child sponsorships. We are looking for volunteers to run the tables and help make sure the sponsorship campaign is a success! The tables will be set up on the weekends of Sept. 30 – Oct.1, Oct. 7-8, and Oct. 14-15. Please click on the link below to sign up now for any and all Masses that you would be available to help. Remember, if you have kids, this is a great chance to get them involved with a wonderful organization – they can help you at the sponsorship table!

You will receive an email from Courtney O’Brien from NPH who is coordinating the tour with instructions about running the table. It is very easy but we do need someone for every Mass so please help by volunteering to take one or more Masses.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we prepare to welcome the pequeños from NPH Guatemala into our parish family!